GO FROM JUST OLD TO JUST SOLD! AVOID THESE 3 PITFALLS WHEN SELLING YOUR HOUSE
Updated: Apr 7
Selling your house can be both exciting and stressful, especially if it’s your first time. There are a number of pitfalls you can easily fall into, making your home selling experience less than ideal. Here’s a list of the most common home selling mistakes people make so you can sell your home knowing you have your bases covered.
1. NOT REFURBISHING HARDWOOD FLOORS, CLEANING YOUR CARPET, OR CLEANING THAT GROUT
Floors and carpet are low hanging fruit. If these two features look good, you are ahead of the game. So, take a look down. How do your floors look? Even if they don’t look terrible, there’s a pretty good chance they’re starting to show their age. Since potential buyers are going to be inspecting every aspect of your home, you should start thinking of refurbishing your hardwood floors and cleaning your carpet.
The best time to have your carpet cleaned or hardwood floors refurbished is right before you stage your home. Since you’ll already be moving most (or all) of your furniture to either a new home or a storage unit, this is a great time to get your floors done and make them a selling point to potential homebuyers.
Wood floor refurbishing doesn’t have to mean sanding and a messy nightmare. There are other options such as a screen and recoat. Bleach marks or stains on carpet don’t necessarily mean they need replaced. Carpet color restoration is an option.
Dirty or stained grout in bathrooms and showers is also a huge turnoff to home buyers. Nothing says neglect like filthy mildewed grout. If a professional grout cleaning doesn’t remove it all, consider grout color sealing which seals the grout against dirt penetrating into it but also colors the grout covering any imperfections. There are many colors to choose from you can keep the same color or change the look entirely with a new color. Call us at (215) 860-6955 for more information or to schedule one of these services.
2. NOT STAGING YOUR HOME FOR A QUICK SALE
The main point of staging your home is to allow potential homebuyers the chance to picture themselves living in your space. They get to see a home with furniture and art that’s arranged in a way that highlights key features of your home, rather than an empty house that echoes every sound. Staging your home pays off too as 21 percent of agents told the National Association of Realtors that staging a home increased its’ sale price by as much as 10 percent, making it a worthwhile investment.
3. FORGOING PROFESSIONAL REAL ESTATE PHOTOS
With the advent of cameras on smartphones, everyone likes to think of themselves as a photographer these days. A real estate photographer will make sure that your home looks great when you list it because not only do they have the equipment, they understand the angles that best sell a home. Better yet have a virtual tour done for your home. There is also drone technology for arial photos.
Remember, you don’t have to wait until you’re ready to move to take care of your floors. Enjoy great looking floors in your beautiful home all the time. Call us.